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David

Benoni, South Africa | Member Since 2008

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  • Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Jon Van Ness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

    David says: "Birdseye - one step too far for Kurlansky"
    "Birdseye - one step too far for Kurlansky"
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    I love Kurlansky's books.

    I read Cod when it first came out and I loved that some guy had taken something like a fish and written a clever and informative book about such a seemingly prosaic commodity.

    I then listened to Salt via Audible. I enjoyed it, and could see how Kurlansky's interest in salt would probably have been piqued by what he found out while writing Cod.

    So I bought Birdseye. I can see how Krulansky's interest would have been piqued in Birdseye whilst writing either book, but, as interesting as Birdseye's story is, it is just one step too far removed from the main theme somehow.

    I enjoyed it, it finished it (there are others that I have not, so this says something) but I wouldn't really recommend it unless one didn't really have anything else to read / listen to. In that case, it is a reasonably interesting way to fill some time.

    And yes, as a previous reviewer has mentioned, the narrator is not all that one might hope for.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Going After Cacciato

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato, a classic novel of Vietnam, captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked that strangest of wars. In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris.

    Darwin8u says: "Shadow Sculpture Built out of War's Debris"
    "Dated"
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    I love Vietnam books. I've been there, and I love Vietnam. I liked Apocalypse Now. This book, I just couldn't get in to.

    There may have been a time when introspection regarding Vietnam and the was was fresh and novel, but that time has passed and we live in a new and different world.

    I couldn't even finish listening to this, it was too drawn out and dreary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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